I received the chance to try out a new product from DecoArt again called Dimensional Effects (this is the new and revamped Decorating Paste shown in that link. See below pic for what it will look like in stores now) .
It is a paintable texture paste that adheres to most surfaces and you can use in all kinds of ways. It is aimed more at using in mixed media/art projects, but I wanted to use it to make earrings.
I simply made these by piping them out with a icing tip! When dried, the paste is kind of rubber like. So to help protect it, I covered these in mod podge when I was done. They are really easy to make, require minimal supplies, and they really remind me of cabochons (which are so in right now!).
Here is a pic I took today of myself wearing a pink pair.
Of course, miss J wanted some too. Now for the how to:
-DecoArt Dimensional Effects
-Acrylic Paint (I used Americana Acrylics in Canyon Orange, Bahama Blue, Saffron Yellow, and Peony Pink)
-Earring posts and backs
-Sealer (I used Mod Podge)
-Star shaped Icing Tip (mine didn't have a size on it; was just a set I bought at the grocery store)
-Plastic bag (You could use an icing bag, but I just used a sandwich bag)
-Something to scoop the paste into the bag with
-Glue (I used E-6000)
Place a piece of wax paper down. Then cut a small hole in the corner of your plastic bag. Place the icing tip on the inside so that it comes out of the hole about halfway. Scoop the desired amount of Dimensional Effects paste into the bag. A little goes a long way with these.
Squeeze the paste out through the tip to create flowers. Practice a bit to get the hang of it. I pushed down then pulled up while squeezing the paste out. Try to make them the same size, at least big enough to cover the earring post. Let them dry.
Once dry, paint the flowers one side at a time. It may require more than one coat. Once done painting, cover with a sealer and let dry. Then glue earring post on back of the flower.
*Dimensional Effects and Paints were c/o DecoArt*